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Ireland says rise in COVID-19 reproduction rate ‘a serious concern’ – Reuters

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Ireland says rise in COVID-19 reproduction rate ‘a serious concern’ – Reuters

Ireland says rise in COVID-19 reproduction rate ‘a serious concern’ – Reuters

A rise in the COVID-19 infection rate in Ireland is a “serious concern,” a leading health official said on Thursday. The reproduction rate, or the number of people who become infected from each positive case, has increased to 1.8 from 1.3 a week ago, Professor Philip Nolan, Chair Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, told a news briefing. “A reproduction number of almost 2 is a serious concern, and although we have not yet seen a significant increase in community transmission, there is a significant risk this could develop over the coming days and weeks,” Nolan said.

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